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Skidmore College
Chemistry Department

Majors

  1. Fulfill the general college requirements

     
  2. Complete the following:

     
    1. a core curriculum consisting of CH 125, CH 221CH 222, CH 214 or CH 314, CH 232CH 332CH 333, CH 377CH 378; and three additional Chemistry courses at the 300-level totaling together at least nine credits.  At least two of the three 300-electives must be courses other than CH 371CH 385, and CH 399;
    2. A minimum of one Mathematics course: MA 113 or above (course with MA 113 prerequisite); and
    3. PY 207PY 208.



The Chemistry Major with Biochemistry Concentration:



Students choosing the biochemistry concentration within the chemistry major are required to:

  1. Fulfill the general college requirements.

     
  2. Complete the following:

     
    1. a core curriculum consisting of CH 125, CH 221CH 222; CH 330 or CH 332; CH 341CH 342CH 343, CH 377CH 378, and two electives from the following list (minimum of six credits in total): CH 214CH 232, CH 251, CH 301CH 314CH 323 or 324CH 331 or 333CH 351CH 352CH 353CH 371, CH 399, BI 309BI 311BI 337BI 338BI 341BI 342BI 343BI 344BI 351 (when a Biomolecular Topic), BI 352 (when a Biomolecular Topic), BI 360BI 361BI 362BI 363BI 368HP 312, HP 361 (when a Biomolecular Topic), NS 312 (when a Biomolecular Topic), NS 314 and NS 315. One of the two elective courses must be at the 300-level and one must be a CH listed course.  If CH 330 is taken, the CH elective must include a laboratory.  One of the two electives must be a course other than CH 371CH 385, and CH 399;
    2. BI 105, BI 106BI 107BI 108, and one from among BI 242BI 244BI 245BI 246BI 247BI 252 when a Biomolecular topic), ( NS 201;
    3. A minimum of one Mathematics course: MA 113 or above (course with MA 113 prerequisite); and
    4. PY 207PY 208.



WRITING IN THE MAJOR REQUIREMENT: For both the chemistry major and the chemistry major (with biochemistry concentration) students are required to communicate scientific ideas (written and oral) in a manner that meets international chemistry standards. Professional chemists give oral presentations, prepare written reports, submit grant proposals and publish results in scholarly journals. In fulfilling the writing requirement in the major, students will learn to: 1) write about scientific observations and conclusions in the style and format of an experienced chemist; 2) maintain a properly written laboratory notebook; 3) write formal laboratory reports in the format and style of a paper in a scholarly chemistry journal. Chemistry majors will complete the requirements for Writing in the Major upon the successful completion of the following Writing-Enhanced courses: CH 125, CH 222; and CH 333 or CH 341.

American Chemical Society certification is available for both of the above courses of study. Interested students should consult the department chair concerning any additional requirements. Students considering graduate school are also encouraged to take chemistry electives beyond the requirements for the major and should consult their faculty mentors for advice.

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